Wheelock Coming Out Week

October 03, 2013

With the support of the Office of Diversity and Campus Programs and the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Pride@Wheelock will celebrate National Coming Out Week with a variety of educational and fun events related to civil rights, pride, and identity.

The week starts Sunday, Oct. 6, with Wheelock's First Annual Ex-DRAG-A-Ganza at the Wheelock Family Theatre. All planned events lead up to the 25th annual National Coming Out Day (NCOD), celebrated on Friday, October 11. NCOD recognizes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer publicly, who "come out" regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, among other sources, "NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly-gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11th was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights." (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Coming_Out_Day)

In addition to the Ex-DRAG-A-Ganza, the week's events include Tie-Dye a T-shirt/show your Tie-Dye pride, Wheelock Weave Project, a photo exhibit from Michael Swartz, and more. For all the week's events, please download the  Coming Out Week flyer.

For additional ways to become involved or support Pride@Wheelock, please contact Jonathan Lewis or Stephanie Smyrl through pride@wheelock.edu.

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